PRODIA: Development of production methods for MOF materials (metal-organic network) for various industrial applications: respiratory masks, filtration for indoor air, anti-bacterial agents, gas storage, heat pumps for data centers.
The aim of the ProDIA project for “PROduction, control and Demonstration of structured hybrid nano-porous materials for Industrial adsorption Applications” is to accelerate the industrialization of new nano-porous materials in Europe. These new types of solids include more porous nanoparticles that allow for jumps in performance for absorption agents. The partners have developed two innovative processes for the synthesis and formatting of MOFs: The MOFs of the UiO-66 family and the “HKUST-1” MOFs.
For the MOFs from the UiO family, a test batch was produced with a yield of more than 95%. A start-up then offered zirconium-based MOF adsorbents for air purification, as individual ammonia protection cartridges (doubling the time of use of cartridges compared to current adsorbents). The second process concerned the synthesis by atomization of the MOF “HKUST-1”. Several dozens of kilograms of the high purity dry product were obtained in just a few hours. This test-pilot scale success led to envisage continuous production capacities of 300 kg/day with a production cost compatible with market expectations. So today, the availability of MOFs on a test scale promises mass applications for the future such as data center cooling, air purification and storage of natural gas or hydrogen for vehicles.
University of Oslo
University of St Andrews